The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) denied a request by the American Meat Institute (AMI) for a blanket 6-month extension of the August 8, 1995, deadline for revising ingredient labeling standards.
Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
Aro Fluid Products (Bryan, OH) has introduced a line of preassembled pump packages for most fluid applications, including spray coatings, adhesive applications, heavy material supply/extrusion, and bulk/tote tank supply.
Goodman Packaging Equipment (Booth #709) will display the new high-speed horizontal and vertical robotic tray and case packing system. This machine picks up filled flat-bottom bags, cartons, and tubes, and places them into trays or cases at speeds to 15 cases/min.
Hoppmann's (Booth #1006) new pouch feeder can orient numerous styles of pouches for downstream operation at speeds to 200/min. The pouches are moved into a deep bowl centrifigual feeder, where they are picked up by a starwheel and placed onto an exit conveyor.
Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA) has designed a tamper-evident closure for aluminum tubes used in pharmaceutical applications. It consists of a threaded plastic outsert, used for product compatibility and purity, with a tamper-evident foil seal.
If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
A dispensing closure and squeeze tube combination is now available from J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL) and Tubed Products (Easthampton, MA). The SST tube/cap features a one-piece, smooth-wall, PP closure that matches the tube's head finish exactly.
Fenton, Weber & Jones (Tona-wanda, NY) has reintroduced its 4-oz Silique oval for personal care products and soaps or waxes. The tri-layer tube consists of a layer of HDPE surrounded by a layer of LDPE on each side for improved barrier and product flow.
Los Alamitos, CA-based produce manufacturer Frieda's is taking a new approach to marketing for its latest line of products. Grouped as foods that are indigenous to the Americas and traditionally prepared by Native Americans, Lost Crops of the Americas(TM) features exotic products such as red and blue cornmeal, fresh aloe vera, black quinoa and rattlesnake beans.